4 UVA Law Students Earn Ritter Prizes for Honor, Character, Integrity

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Zachary Ray, Katie Bogle, Claire Condro and Neil Clausen have received this year's Mary Claiborne and Roy H. Ritter Prizes.

September 15, 2015

Four third-year University of Virginia School of Law students have earned Mary Claiborne and Roy H. Ritter Prizes for their contributions to the community. Katie Bogle, Neil Clausen, Claire Condro and Zachary Ray received this year's tuition awards.

The Ritter Scholars program recognizes members of the rising third-year class who best exemplify the qualities of honor, character and integrity envisioned by Thomas Jefferson when he founded the University of Virginia.

Based on recommendations from students, staff and faculty members, this year's recipients regularly assist in the operations of the Admissions Office, manage student organizations and journals, support first-year students academically and take action to make the wider community a safer place for students and local residents alike. "Each of these students is a tremendous asset to our community," Assistant Dean for Student Affairs Sarah Davies said. "They are students who are known resources to other students, who have a strong sense of our community values, and who go above and beyond to help others. We are delighted to see them each honored with this award." The Ritter Scholars program was established in 1983 by C. Willis Ritter, a member of the Law School's class of 1965, in memory of his parents, Mary Claiborne and Roy H. Ritter. His mother was one of the first women admitted to the practice of law in Virginia. Ritter also created the program in appreciation for his time at UVA Law and to encourage discussion about what honor, character and integrity mean.

List of Past Ritter Scholars


Founded in 1819, the University of Virginia School of Law is the second-oldest continuously operating law school in the nation. Consistently ranked among the top law schools, Virginia is a world-renowned training ground for distinguished lawyers and public servants, instilling in them a commitment to leadership, integrity and community service.

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